Conference 2015

2015 Conference


Join us for CAPPA’s 2015 conference and convention for perinatal professionals on Keeping our Balance: Innovation and Tradition. Perinatal professionals must always strive to learn the latest evidenced based practice while still staying connected to those traditions that support, honor and protect the family. This balance is often challenging to navigate. This year, join CAPPA to learn about how to maintain this necessary balance with our incredible speaker line up and conference activities. The CAPPA annual conference is enjoyed by doulas, childbirth educators, breastfeeding professionals, midwives, nurses, obstetricians and others who have an interest in the prenatal and postpartum periods. CAPPA conferences are known for their excellent speakers and learning opportunities, great networking with perinatal professionals from all over the world, affordability (all general sessions are free to CAPPA members) and of course fun! Join hundreds of your colleagues in Tucson Arizona for an unforgettable conference!


Pre and Post Conference Training Workshops

Pre-Conference Training Workshops
Pregnancy Fitness Educator Training Workshop
Postpartum Doula Training Workshop
Labor Doula Training Workshop

Post-Conference Training Workshops
Teen Educator Training Workshop
Lactation Educator Training Workshop
Childbirth Educator Training Workshop


To Sponsor, Exhibit, Advertise, Or Obtain A Contract
Sponsorship Opportunities For All Budgets.
Contact the CAPPA Team for more information.


2015 opportunities are subject to change.


Westin La Paloma Resort Tucson, Arizona


Make your resort reservations using this link: Westin La Paloma to take advantage of the CAPPA Special Room Rate of $124.00 USD/night.*

*A $10 USD/night resort fee (discounted from $20/night) will be added to your reservation. Reserve your rooms by June 5, 2014.



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General Sessions - Keynote Speakers

Christy Jo Hendricks

Christy Jo Hendricks

Christy Jo brings over 20 years of teaching experience to the classroom. She is an Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Certified Birth Doula. She has a passion for facilitating and protecting the mother/baby bond. Her contribution to this field has been recognized by the United States Presidential Volunteer Award and the Phyllis Klaus Founder's Award for Promoting the Mother/Baby Bond. Christy Jo's life-long goal has been to help others reach theirs. Her informative, yet entertaining teaching style makes learning enjoyable and retention easy. Christy Jo is the creator and instructor of the Grow Our Own Lactation Consultant/IBCLC Prep Course which has been used to train hundreds of women to follow their dreams of becoming Lactation Consultants. Her extensive lactation knowledge and reputation have made her courses desirable by Public Health Departments, midwives, doulas, WIC organizations and individuals entering the perinatal field. Christy Jo currently teaches lactation, attends births, facilitates lactation clinics for low-income clients and advocates for women in Southern California, where she lives with her husband and three children.

The Antagonists of Evidence-based Breastfeeding Information
This topic will show how evidence-based information is shadowed by years of myths and traditions. Christy Jo will share the importance of using evidence-based information when sharing breastfeeding education. She will explain how breastfeeding has been sabotaged through birth practices, product placement, myths, traditions and lack of support. Christy Jo will also explain how the topic has become a subject of contention and sparked what some refer to as “Mommy Wars.” She will explain that “facts are not attacks” and that sharing evidence-based information is a responsibility not a liability.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:
• Describe how family involvement can help or hinder breastfeeding
• Identify harmful, helpful and neutral traditions that affect breastfeeding
• Recognize how hospital practices can sabotage the breastfeeding relationship
• describe how the market is inundated with breastfeeding products—insinuating the need for “gadgets” and financial investments in order to breastfeed successfully
• Identify the breastfeeding competitors and how they market their products by undermining breastfeeding

With the active internet and ever-changing opinions, it is crucial to find common ground through evidence-based information.

Rhona Berens

Rhona Berens, PhD, CPCC

Rhona Berens is an Individual & Relationship Coach who helps expecting couples and parents stay sane and stay together. She also assists professionals who work with families (e.g., perinatal experts, teachers) expand their personal and professional toolboxes, and better care for clients and themselves. Rhona’s passionate about giving couples fun and easy tools to support familial wellbeing and co-parenting effectiveness. She knows that co-parenting well—whether or not parents stay together—enhances children’s developmental health. Rhona’s a dynamic speaker and facilitator, an inspiring writer, and fun and compassionate coach.

“Stress Is Contagious! Stress-Reduction Tools for Me and Everyone With Whom I Work”
While many of us are increasingly well versed in the health impact and risks associated with stress, it’s equally important for us to understand that stress is contagious. In this talk, Individual and Relationship Coach, Rhona Berens, PhD, CPCC, will provide an overview of the health research on stress, introduce the impact of stress on relationships (e.g., within a couple, the impact of parents’ stress on kids, prenatal impact of stress on expecting moms and babies) and offer tools to reduce stress, both our own and that of our clients.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:
• Discuss research on stress as a health risk.
• Discuss impact of stress on relationships, specifically on family dynamics, as well as the impact of stress on babies, both prenatally and after birth.
• Identify resources for their clients to help them better understand and reduce the impact and contagion of stress.

Brenda Bach

Brenda Bach RN, CCCE

Brenda Bach RN, CCCE, has been a childbirth educator since 2003 and was a labor and delivery nurse before teaching childbirth classes. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of New York at Albany. In addition, she has mentored interns from the University through her local BirthNet group. Brenda enjoys training new childbirth educators and mentoring them through their journey. Brenda is married and has one son.

Transitioning Into Motherhood: How to help handicapped mothers before, during, and after birth.
The session will focus on four common conditions that can cause physical handicaps. These include spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, stroke/ brain injury, and multiple sclerosis. For the five categories listed, supportive interventions will be discussed. The session will increase understanding about the adaptations that handicapped mothers need to make during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:
• Identify three helpful interventions for any handicapped woman.
• List one intervention for each condition.
• Identify at least 3 resources for modifications.

Jen McLellan

Jen McLellan, CCCE

Jen McLellan is a writer and childbirth educator who advocates for plus size women. She promotes positive information to empower healthy decision-making during pregnancy. Within her blog, Plus Size Mommy Memoirs, she helps women to navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs along with the adventures of motherhood. Jen is also a skilled patient advocate, professional speaker, wife, and mother to a charismatic 3 year old.

Plus Size Pregnancy and Birth
With 60% of women in their childbearing years being classified as overweight or obese, it’s time we start empowering rather than shaming women of size. Within this presentation you’ll learn the challenges plus size women face; from emotional and physicals obstacles during pregnancy to size discrimination while working with care providers. Birth professionals will learn how to best support plus size clients.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:
• will be able to describe 3 unique obstacles women of size face.
• will be able to describe 2 differences between a c-section procedure for an average and an obese woman.

Brenda Bach

Barbara C. Decker, CD, HBCE

Barbara has been a Childbirth Educator for over 40 years. In the past 20 years an active doula, 12 years a HypnoBirthing Practitioner, and a Certified Consulting Hypnotist working with pregnancy anxiety or birth challenges, a HypnoBirthing Fertility Consultant and a facilitator for Prenatal Bonding(BA), and Certified Prenatal Bonding Facilitator (GPE).

PRENATAL BONDING DURING PREGNANCY: A new paradigm in Childbirth Education
Since the 1980s Dr. Thomas Verny, Dr. David Chamberlain, and Dr. William Emerson have been writing about the intelligence of the baby in the womb and how the gestational period needs to be explored as the “Baby’s first classroom and all must attend”. These special individuals were treating patients with emotional problems that were stemming from the gestational period. Their requests for attention for emotional support during pregnancy fell on deaf ears until ultrasounds, neuroscience, and epigenetics finally proved their theories were correct. Dr Fred Wirth understood that information and lowered the incidence of preterm labor by focusing on the prenatal period. As a childbirth educator for over 40 years, no early pregnancy classes have addressed the psychology of the gestational period. Thanks to The Greatest Pregnancy Ever Prenatal Bonding Facilitator Program), Prenatal Bonding (BA), and APPPAH, there are educational programs where we can attain the knowledge to start Preconception/Early Pregnancy Education with this critically important and empowering information. Join me in exploring the science that proved how sensitive our babies are while they are growing in the womb and how the environment around the pregnant woman can impact the brain of that baby. You will be seeing documentaries and reading weekly about the importance of this field. Now is the time for training and education so that you can be there as teachers preparing families for a healthy gestational period, better birthing outcomes, and lower incidence of postpartum depression.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:
• Describe the impact of stress hormones on the fetal brain.
• Explain how mindfulness can empower a mother and father to give their baby a loving environment.
• Discuss the knowledge of how our experiences during the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period can impact the child for the rest of their lives.
• List the three major programs for education in this critically important field.

Adam Tedder

Dr. Adam Tedder

Dr. Tedder completed his undergraduate studies at Life University and graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree from the prestigious Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2010. Sherman College is recognized as a top institution and regularly has the highest National Board test scores in the nation. Dr. Tedder is a board certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, as well as the Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and is a member of the International Chiropractic Association, a member of the Georgia Council of Chiropractic, an active member of the Board of Regents for Sherman College of Chiropractic, as well as an Associate Clinic Director at Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Georgia. Dr. Tedder has served as a Senior Advisor for CAPPA since 2012.

The Great Switch- The Balance Between Business and Service
Do you absolutely love what you do? Feel called to provide the services you have to offer your clients? Do you think that your service is invaluable, but have a hard time figuring out what to actually charge? Do you find yourself struggling financially and unable to sustain a consistently profitable business? The session will address the great balance between the business and serving aspects of the service/product you have to offer your community, our country, and the world. Learn how to build a large client base built on referrals, gain credibility with local health care professionals and associated business, build value for yourself and the services you provide, and build a profitable company. But more importantly learn how to have fun everyday of your life, for the rest of your life! .

At the end of the lecture, participants will:
• Will be able to formulate a plan of action for building a successful business.
• Will be able to discuss ways to increase credibility and gain referrals


Optional Sessions

(Available for an additional fee of $25.00 USD per session)

Ana Hill


Ana Hill has been providing labor doula services, perinatal education, and breastfeeding support in the Denver metro area since 1998, and training labor doulas for CAPPA certification since 2005. She brings to her work a passion for serving new families and a strong commitment to the excellence and professionalism in the doula profession. She has been married for 25 years to her best friend, and has six children and two grandchildren who are the light of her life.

Induction – Updates and Effective Strategies
Today’s doula or educator needs to be up to date and savvy to provide the best education and support to expectant mothers. Update your knowledge about current induction methods and alternatives. Familiarize yourself with current research, ACOG practice bulletins and policies, and accrediting organization mandates which impact induction practices. Sharpen your skills to provide evidence based education and effective support to expectant families.

After this session participants will be able to:
• Describe and compare current induction methods and techniques.
• Understand and describe current research, practice bulletins, and accreditation organization mandates which impact induction policies.
• Describe and utilize educational and support strategies to help expectant families understand their options and make their best choices.


Terri Woods

Terri A. Woods, CLD, CD

Terri took early retirement in 2007 from her 30 year career in law enforcement to pursue her calling to the world of birth full-time. She was assigned as a Crime Prevention Specialist for 19 years; designing and conducting Personal Safety, Home Security, Workplace Violence Prevention, and Child Abuse Prevention Programs, with special emphasis on an individual’s unique needs. Terri began attending births in 2004 in the Philippines with Mercy In Action, first as a volunteer and then as a midwife student after her early government retirement in 2007. Terri went on to certify as a doula and establish Blessed ChildBirth Doula Services on the Central Coast of California and in Southern Idaho. Duel-certified with both DONA and CAPPA, in 2012 she chose to pursue CAPPA Labor Doula Faculty status in order to continue her love of relevant and interactive teaching. She has since conducted Labor Doula Training workshops in the Western United States and internationally, while establishing her Doula Connection Referral Service for local Labor and Postpartum Doulas. Terri is the mother, sister, and aunt of midwives and the grandmother of two grandgirls home and hospital birthed with New Zealand midwives.

Personal Safety Risk Management Plans for Doulas and BirthWorkers
Expert crime avoidance and response training specifically designed for doulas and birthworkers who desire to learn about enhancing their personal safety habits. Learn about how culture, personality, and perception of physical environment affects decision-making capabilities in threat situations, and how that knowledge may be used to enhance personal safety risk management. Guidance and resources will be provided to make a personalized crime prevention plan specific to home, workplace, travel situations, and client home visits.

After this session participants will be able to:
• Explain the need for a personal safety plan for doulas and birthworkers
• Name at least three environments where threats to birthworkers may occur
• List four types of reaction strategies in response to threats
• Name at least two personal safety action plan resources


Polly Perez, RN, BSN, FACCE, and Jessilyn Dolan, RN

Polly Perez, RN, BSN, FACCE, is an internationally known nurse and public speaker. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University. In 2001 the college recently selected Polly to be one of their “100 Great Nursing Alumni”. Polly is also listed among the Outstanding Young Women of America, Who’s Who in American Women and Who’s Who in American Nursing. She was awarded AWHONN’s Medallion of Excellence in Community Service for 2001 and CAPPA awarded her a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. In 2003 Polly was awarded The American Heart Association-NE Affiliate Stroke Survivor of the Year. Polly is President of C.F.E., Inc of Johnson, Vermont. She is a consultant to hospitals, universities and corporations on health care related issues. Polly has always campaigned for patient rights and for family-centered care. She is the author of numerous articles and books which include Special Women: The Role of the Professional Labor Assistant, The Nurturing Touch at Birth: A Labor Support Handbook, Brain Attack: Danger, Chaos, Opportunity and Empowerment, the NEW 2nd edition of Doula Programs: How to Start and Run a Private or Hospital-Based Program with Success, and many more. Jessilyn Dolan is a registered nurse, who works both as a labor and delivery nurse, and as a perinatal and pediatric nurse specializing in addiction recovery, postpartum and newborn detoxification and mental health psychosocial co-morbidities. Jessilyn has been teaching and supporting birthing women and families in Vermont through many capacities for the last sixteen years, and is proud to be a CAPPA faculty labor doula trainer. She has instructed labor doulas and nurses throughout the northeast and has been able to ensure that all incarcerated and pre-adoptive families have labor and postpartum support at no cost. Jessilyn works with shelters and facilities for women who struggle with domestic violence, sexual abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, and department of corrections involvement. Jessilyn is a certified massage therapist, certified infant massage instructor, certified HypnoBirthing instructor and certified labor doula. Jessilyn is chapter leader of ICAN of northern Vermont, board member for Share’s Caring Hearts, pregnancy loss and infant grief, and coaches baseball, football and soccer with her three sons! Jessilyn is a pioneer and activist in her community and is honored to be part of the miracle of life!

The Magic of Rebozo Use in Perinatal Care
A rebozo is a practical traditional Mexican shawl but it has broader uses when used in the field of perinatal care. It can be used in various positions & strategies throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. This rebozo presentation will show how nurses, doulas & midwives can add to their practice the use the magic of the rebozo in perinatal care. ( please bring a Rebozo with you ) This session is interactive.

After this session participants will be able to:
• List the various positions that can be used with a rebozo during labor and birth.
• Demonstrate how to use the rebozo as a labor support tool.
• Discuss comfort measure techniques for back pain using a rebozo.
• Identify techniques using a rebozo to help a baby in a persistent posterior

Laurel Wilson

Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CLD, CCCE

Laurel is the co-author of The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: Unlocking the MotherBaby Connection. She is a board certified lactation consultant and certified as a childbirth educator, labor doula, lactation educator, Prenatal Parenting Instructor, and Pre and Postpartum fitness educator. She serves as the CAPPA Executive Director of Lactation Programs and trains Lactation Educators for CAPPA certification. Offering education and movement classes to families in private and hospital settings for nearly 20 years, Laurel has created teaching strategies that facilitate better understanding of the change processes during the childbearing year. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for more than 20 years and has two wonderful young men, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey towards and into motherhood is a life changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.

The Milk Sharing Conundrum - The Grey Area Between Scope and Need
All human babies have the right to breastmilk exclusivity. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways - exclusive feeding at the mother’s breast, exclusive mother’s expressed breastmilk delivered to the baby via a feeding device, or pasteurized donor human milk delivered via a feeding device. However, there has been much attention placed on the traditional, though much frowned upon, practice of informal milk sharing. Milk sharing is when women provide breastmilk directly to another family in need, without going through the donor milk bank process. The increasing popularity of milk sharing via social media, the growing attention on the importance of breastmilk exclusivity, the increasing awareness of the failing and potential dangers of artificial milk, and the inability for donor milk banks to provide donor milk for more than those in critical need has led professionals and families to an impass. While peer to peer milk sharing is gaining popularity among families, finding policy and recommended practices can be difficult. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine only references mothers own expressed milk, donor human milk, or hydrolyzed or standard infant formulas for breastmilk feeding in regards to supplemental feeds. The World Health Organization, states in its Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, “for those few health situations where infants cannot, or should not, be breastfed, the choice of the best alternative – expressed breast milk from an infant’s own mother, breast milk from a healthy wet-nurse or a human-milk bank, or a breastmilk substitute…depends on individual circumstance.” Most milk share organizations recommend the practice of using The Four Pillars of Safe Milk Sharing. These are informed choice, donor screening, safe handling, and home pasteurization. This presentation will cover in detail the myriad of concerns of professionals, the information all families need to know about milksharing, milk sharing and social media, and lactation professional's scope of practice issues in regards to this phenomenon.

After this session participants will be able to:
• Identify the Four Pillars of Milk Sharing.
• Define their professional scope of practice in terms of milk sharing.
• Identify at least three resources for families in need of breastmilk for their children.

Kimberly Bepler

Kimberly Bepler, IBCLC, CPD, ICPE

Kimberly Bepler, IBCLC, CPD, ICPE, has been working with postpartum families for over 13 years, and has a passion for newborns and their families. Kimberly is the owner and founder of ABC Doula Service and also works extensively with families doing doula and lactation support. She is a Certified Postpartum Doula and Postpartum Doula Trainer with CAPPA, a Certified Postnatal Educator (ICEA) and a Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. She teaches breastfeeding, newborn care, and twin/triplet classes as well as facilitation new moms groups within the Providence and Legacy Health Systems, and offers beginning and advanced Doula Trainings through CAPPA. She enjoys her yearly project of editing the Baby Issue of NW Kids for local Portland, OR, families, and has made two DVD’s for parents and educators including the Newborn Spa Bath and 7 Swaddles; Sleep Solutions for Every Stage. Her joy is in helping new parents and new doulas, so this is truly her dream profession! Kimberly is the mother to two lively school aged kids, and enjoys the collaboration with her stay-at-home-dad husband.

Show me the money; How to make clients magically appear!
You have the heart, you have the training; now how do you get the word out and do this as a career? Learn tips from a doula and educator who has built a hobby into a thriving business with over a dozen employees, and applying them to you, the wonderful doula and educator that people need to know about. What direction do you spend your time and money on? What yields the best results? What is a waste and not worth even trying? We will make a marketing plan in this session, so be ready to work!

After this session participants will be able to:
• to list her strengths and passions relating to her career, and describe them in a way that brings value to her business.
• demonstrate her ability to adapt her marketing approach by role playing with other attendees.
• demonstrate practical listening skills that will help her trade referrals with other valuable resources.
• create a written marketing plan that she can implement right away.

Katrina Fuller

Katrina Fuller

Katrina Fuller, Ed.D, CPFE, CCCE, CCTE, CLE, CAPD, CLD, BPC is the owner and manager of Natural Nesters, providing pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and breastfeeding education, support, and integral therapy services in Hobbs, New Mexico since 2009. She also serves as the New Mexico Lead WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force Board Member, and New Mexico CAPPA Lactation Educator Faculty Member. Katrina has an A.A., A.S., B.S. in Elementary Education, M.S. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and Ed.D in Teacher Leadership and is currently working on certification as an IBCLC. She strives to utilize her background in education to teach classes for families, facilitate trainings for professionals, and contribute to the body of current, evidence-based research. Katrina is happily married with three children, having experience as a single, teenage mother; married, stay-at-home wife; and work-athome tandem nurser.

Ten Small Steps for Hospitals, One Giant Leap to Baby-Friendly Designation
This presentation will provide an overview of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Topics will include: what is the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative; why should birthing facilities become Baby-Friendly designated; how to navigate the Baby-friendly journey through the 4-D Pathway; how to overcome barriers to Baby-Friendly status; and how to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding at Baby-Friendly designation and beyond.

After this session participants will be able to:
• Define the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
• List the Ten Steps of Successful Breastfeeding
• Summarize the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes
• Describe the four phases of the 4-D Pathway
• Identify the four symbols of the Golden Bow


Joanne Ameya Cohen

Joanne Ameya Cohen

Joanne Ameya Cohen is an Expert Herbalist, inspirational speaker, Feminine Empowerment Mentor, and author of “The Healthy Feminine Leader: Alleviate Stress, Balance Your Hormones, and Tap Into Your Power”. Joanne combines her expertise as a Certified Women’s Herbalist, a Certified Flower Essence Therapist, a Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner, PSYCH-K facilitator, Medicinal Aromatherapist, Counselor, and Shamanic Practitioner to facilitate lasting health and empowerment. Also working as a Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Midwife Assistant, Joanne has supported women in their most profound and intimate life-changing moments. She has humbly held space for women to face their fears, worries, anxieties, and joys in order for them to birth themselves as Mothers.

THE 3 KEYS to Flourish as a Mother in the Postpartum Period
Postpartum is the most misunderstood and overlooked piece of motherhood. It has been so marked in my experience, that I have begun to refer to postpartum women as “the “forgotten tribe. Most women spend their pre-motherhood energies focused on labor and birth, placing the demands of impending motherhood on the back burner. In effect they approach motherhood with uncertainty and fear instead of knowledge and excitement. Women are experiencing exhaustion, anxiety, overwhelm, depression, irritability. And our society has labeled this as normal. The time is now to change the conversation about postpartum health and wellness shining a healing light around its perceived shame and physical imbalances. It is time for women to have the exact right tools to flourish and to be fully resourced as mothers. After all, they are raising our next generation.

After this session participants will be able to:
• Identify the difference between a woman who is overwhelmed and a woman who is resourced and how to bridge the gap.
• Identify the #1 tool that will allow a woman to glide through postpartum.
• demonstrate practical listening skills that will help her trade referrals with other valuable resources.
• List several resources that can be shared with clients for the postpartum period.

Jennifer Moyer

Jennifer H. Moyer, BS

Jennifer H. Moyer, BS Jennifer overcame postpartum psychosis and now advocates, writes and speaks on mental health issues related to childbearing. Jennifer has experience as a PSI Coordinator, postpartum support and education consultant, as well as a postpartum doula. She is a trainer for leadership and advocacy in consumer mental health and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing with over ten years of professional experience primarily within the healthcare industry.

Perinatal Mental Health and Advocacy: From Crisis to Contribution
The presenter will describe how being touched by perinatal mental health crises and challenges can build these experiences into opportunities to advocate for others and how advocacy brings about positive changes in perinatal mental health.

After this session participants will be able to:
• Describe how a perinatal mental health challenge begins and how it impacts the individual and the family.
• Identify obstacles faced when turning experiences into opportunities.
• Describe the steps taken to turn experience into opportunities to advocate for others.
• Briefly list examples of successful advocacy in perinatal mental health that have brought about positive change in perinatal mental health.


CAPPA Social


Join us for a Wild West party for dancing, networking, and fun! Dress in your Wild West best!

Traditional bread pudding, peach cobbler and warm apple crisp, chocolate chip cookies, s’mores bars, Starbucks regular and decaf coffee, and hot tea!

Friday night, July 10th from 7:30-9:30pm! Only $25 per person. Cash bar. This is an adult-only event!

Contact Hours

An application will be submitted to the Georgia Nurses Association Continuing Education Review Committee for approval of 15.5 contact hours. For more information regarding contact hours, please call CAPPA at 770.965.9777.


CAPPA loves our members and their babies; however, the CAPPA Conference is a professional learning environment. CAPPA Conferences are designed to create an excellent educational environment for all of our members. Babies and families are welcome to come to conference; however, there are no children or babies permitted in any of the educational sessions themselves, therefore you will need a support person with you to care for your babies and children while you are in any general or optional sessions. CAPPA wishes to support our members who do not have alternate care for their babies/children during conference by providing low cost MP3s or DVDs of conference sessions available for purchase in the weeks that follow conference. There are no exceptions to this policy.

The 2015 CAPPA conference will be a free event for members who register by June 9, 2015. For those who do not register by June 9 2015 there will be a $50.00 USD late conference registration fee.

Our annual conference is free to all members of CAPPA, though additional optional sessions are offered at a low cost ($25.00 USD each) to extend your conference learning experience. Please see optional sessions for these additional opportunities.

*There is a $3.00 per member online convenience registration fee. If you do not wish to pay this convenience fee, you may print and mail in your registration. Please be sure to review all CAPPA conference policies prior to registration. Seats are first come first serve.

Our conference is *free to all CAPPA members, although for registration a valid credit card is necessary to reserve your seat. Your card will not be charged the $75.00 USD reservation fee, provided you are a member of CAPPA and you attend the conference *. In the event you cannot attend the conference, 30 days cancellation notice is required, or a no show fee of $75.00 USD will be charged to your credit card. You must mail your cancellation to CAPPA postmarked no later than June 9 2015. We do not accept e-mail or faxes, our address is CAPPA, PO Box 2406, Buford, GA 30515. There are no exceptions to this policy.

There are no refunds for optional sessions, manuals, party or lunches. No transferring registration to another person. No swapping sessions. 

Please see all policies prior to registration.




CAPPA 2015 Conference Agenda

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Labor Doula Workshop
Postpartum Doula Workshop
Pregnancy Fitness Educator Workshop

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Labor Doula Workshop
Postpartum Doula Workshop
Pregnancy Fitness Educator Workshop

4:00-5:00 PM—Volunteer meeting
4:00-6:00 PM—Exhibitor Setup
7:00-8:30 PM—Pre-registration, Showroom open, Meet-and-greet with CAPPA Board of Directors and Faculty

Friday, July 10, 2015
7:00-8:00—Conference Registration, Showroom open
8:00-8:45—Conference Opening
8:45-10:00—General Session 1: The Antagonists of Evidence-Based Breastfeeding Information by Christy Jo Hendricks
10:00-11:00—Showroom open
11:00-12:15—General Session 2: Stress Is Contagious! Stress-Reduction Tools for Me and Everyone With Whom I Work by Rhona Berens
12:15-12:30—Presenter Level Sponsor Presentation
12:30-2:00—Showroom Open, Lunch (on your own)
2:00-3:00—Optional Session A:  Induction – Updates and Effective Strategies by Ana Hill
3:15-4:15—Optional Session B: Stay Safe out There!  Personal Safety Tips for Doulas & Birth Workers by Terri Woods
4:30-6:30—Optional Session C: The Magic of Rebozo Use in Perinatal Care by Polly Perez and Jessilyn Dolan
7:30-9:30— Social event: Wild West Party

Saturday, July 11, 2015
7:30-8:30—Registration, Showroom open
8:30-9:00—Opening Session
9:00-10:15—Session 1: Transitioning Into Motherhood: How to help handicapped mothers before, during, and after birth by Brenda Bach
10:15-11:15—Showroom open
11:15-12:30—General Session 2: Plus Size Pregnancy and Birth by Jen McLellan
12:30-12:45—Presenter Level Sponsor Presentation
12:45-2:15—Showroom open, Lunch (on your own)
2:15-3:15—Optional Session D: The Milk Sharing Conundrum - The Grey Area Between Scope and Need Laurel Wilson
3:30-4:30—Optional Session E: Show me the money: How to make clients magically appear! by Kimberly Bepler
4:45-5:45—Optional Session F: Ten Small Steps for Hospitals, One Giant Leap to Baby-Friendly Designation by Katrina Fuller

Sunday, July 12, 2015
8:00-9:00—Registration, Showroom Open
9:15-10:30—General Session 1: Prenatal Bonding During Pregnancy: A new paradigm in Childbirth Education by Barbara Decker
10:30-11:15—Showroom open
11:15–11:30—Presenter Level Sponsor Presentation
11:30-12:45—General Session 2: The Great Switch- The Balance Between Business and Service by Dr. Adam Tedder
12:45-1:00—Closing Remarks
1:00-2:00—Showroom Open, Lunch (on your own)
2:00-3:00—Optional Session G: The 3 Keys to Flourish as a Mother in the Postpartum Period by Joanne Cohen
3:15-4:15—Optional Session H: Perinatal Mental Health and Advocacy: From Crisis to Contribution by Jennifer Moyer

Monday, July 13, 2015
Teen Educator Workshop
Lactation Educator Workshop
Childbirth Educator Workshop

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Teen Educator Workshop
Lactation Educator Workshop
Childbirth Educator Workshop

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Lactation Educator Workshop
Childbirth Educator Workshop